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Wave Maker Magazine goes to Edgefest 2013

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August 6, 2013

It was a bold experiment: send a stuffy prog man into the heart of a notoriously mainstream summer rock festival and see what happens. The truth is, I went in extremely open-minded, as one probably should to something one knows little about, and I came out rain-soaked with a big smile on my face. Hey,… Read More ›

Cadence Weapon – October 12, 2012 at Wrongbar, Toronto

Cadence Weapon kicked off his North America-wide tour in support of the Polaris-shortlisted Hope in Dirt City at Toronto’s Wrongbar on Friday, October 12. Going in, I was curious to see what kind of a show the Montreal-via-Edmonton hip hop artist would put on. Cadence, real name Rollie Pemberton, has a deep vocabulary, is capable of a… Read More ›

Folk Double-header Thrills Ann Arbor Audience!

Modern folk music icon Samuel Beam (known on stage as Iron & Wine) could have easily blended in with the bustling crowd inside Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater. Beanies, v-necks and beards abounded as acoustic-music lovers filed in to see a split-billing of two former Ann Arbor Folk Festival Headliners: Iron & Wine and Glen Hansard…. Read More ›

Concert Review: The Flowers of Hell (w/ Ostrich Tuning) Album Release (September 21, 2012)

What is the perfect type of music? This is a question that has plagued the medium since the moaning and chanting cave-people shook their fists at those damn, no-good, headbanging, coconut banging cave-people. Writers of German Romanticism in the late 1800’s claimed that absolute music was music containing no story or message and that it must simply be… Read More ›

The Bills Are Back? Yes Please!

Every location is defined by a musical flavour.  Music enters the canon and is permanently linked to that place – the Blues for the Mississippi delta, the jig or reel for Ireland, and surf rock for California.  With their fourth album, Yes Please, The Bills look to create a sound that generations to come will recognize… Read More ›

Review: Ray Wilson & the Berlin Symphony Ensemble – Genesis Classic, Live In Poznań (2011)

To quote a classic Genesis tune, “they say that time is a healer.” This has been proven to be especially true in progressive music. Now, I’m a huge Genesis fan, and I love every single incarnation of said band, so maybe it won’t come as such a surprise that I am a Ray Wilson supporter. Ray Wilson’s… Read More ›

Chuck Prophet Rocks the Ark in Ann Arbor!

Chuck Prophet and his band, the Mission Express, stopped by for a show at the Ark in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Sunday. Just about every seat in the intimate folk venue was filled with lovers of acoustic music (including a not-so-inconspicuous camera crew that was shooting footage for a live DVD). Prophet is touring after… Read More ›

CONCERT REVIEW: The Jesus and Mary Chain @ The Phoenix (August 3, 2012)

Far gone and out? Hardly. Cracking up? Not even close. No, if anything, these days find veteran Scottish post-punk outfit The Jesus and Mary Chain is arguably better than ever. To put it simply, the Reid bros and co’s workmanlike and roughly 80-minute set at the Phoenix was – and I promise this is the… Read More ›

CONCERT REVIEW: Destroyer Headlines at Toronto’s Jazz Festival 2012!

Destroyer’s Dan Bejar is known to have a stage presence that mirrors his public persona: aloof, detached, possibly disinterested. However, a keener eye will discern a frontman who is immersed in the performance of the best music of his career. That is, at least, the case at Destroyer’s headlining slot as part of the Toronto… Read More ›

CONCERT REVIEW: Phil Dwyer Sextet & Laila Biali @ TD Victoria International JazzFest (June 26, 2012)

This summer’s 28th annual TD Victoria International JazzFest marks the unofficial opening of summer for us rain-weary Victorians.  Hundreds of Canada’s and the world’s greatest jazz musicians converge on Victoria for 10 days of performances and workshops.  Concert venues range from the expensive Royal Theatre to free lunchtime concerts inCentennial Square.  Each year the Alix… Read More ›

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